Foreign Authentication

The purpose of authentications is to verify for foreign governments that a Virginia Official is in good standing. These officials include Notary Publics, Clerks, and Deputy Clerks of Virginia Courts, Registrars, and Deputy Registrars of the Department of Health and the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission. Authentications of a notarized document is required for conducting international business by individuals and corporations in Virginia.

Requests for authentication can be filled when ordering your vital record. Please refer to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office web site for applicable fees (link below). When you mail in your request, make the check for the authentication payable to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The Secretary’s office is not housed within the Office of Vital Records and must be forwarded to that office for processing. *** For further instructions on authentication from the Secretary of the Commonwealth, please visit the below website:

  • For further information/mailing address:
    Authentications Department
    Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
    1111 East Broad Street, 1st Floor
    Richmond, Virginia 23219